Washington County Public Library to receive grant funding for facility expansion
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Washington County Public Library to receive grant funding for facility expansion

Gov. Ron DeSantis’ office announced Friday, Feb. 2, the Washington County Public Library will receive nearly $4 million to expand their existing facility. The grant cost is $3,997,816. It will go towards expanding the Chipley Branch by 6,400 square feet.  Of that, 2,600 square feet will be added to the west side of the existing…

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Florida Power & Light’s $100K in grants amplifies the impact of 13 nonprofits across Bay, Washington, Holmes and Gadsden Counties

Consider the variety of needs in our community: food, clothing and care for those facing homelessness, STEM and mentoring programs to spark brighter lives for children and teens, beds for children who sleep on the floor, marine and wildlife conservation and education programs.  These are among the many community needs FPL is honored to be…

Orange Hill, Ebro Fire Departments receive new firefighting equipment
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Orange Hill, Ebro Fire Departments receive new firefighting equipment

cbreaux@kentsmith.biz The Orange Hill and Ebro Volunteer Fire Departments recently got new equipment in the form of five Air-Paks, 10 air supply bottles, and five masks each, courtesy of a state grant that Washington County Fire Coordinator Justin Leach said is $102,000 in total.  Orange Hill Lieutenant David Knowles said the equipment is “way overdue.”…

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Washington County receives $3.4 million grant from state

Washington County was one of nine rural communities that will receive significant funding through the Florida Small Cities Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. Specifically, Washington County is getting $3.482 million to construct roadway access, water improvements, fire protection, public parking improvements, and improvements to a railroad spur, Gov. Ron DeSantis’ office announced in a…

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Chipola College to receive more than $375k in governor’s grant

STAFF REPORT Chipola College is set to get more than $375,000 through a Governor’s Florida Job Growth Grant Fund, Gov. Ron DeSantis’ office announced Wednesday, Oct. 4. The grant is intended to “increase workforce training opportunities that support Florida’s automotive industry†by funding the purchase and installation of up-to-date training equipment for the school’s automotive…

Vernon High culinary program receives Rachel Ray grant
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Vernon High culinary program receives Rachel Ray grant

NAN THOMPSONnthompson@kentsmith.biz Three years into the culinary arts program at Vernon High School and things are moving forward.  The 80 students currently enrolled are waiting for improvements to their culinary class, which will be financed through grants. Once completed, the class will have a commercial 5 burner stove, dishwasher, and new countertops.  “This will be…